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10 Things You Didn't Know About Prince Harry

Updated: June 1, 2023
 By Margaret

Perhaps equally as well-known as his older brother, William, Prince Harry was one of the most eligible bachelors in the country!

Considered a bit of a ‘Jack the Lad,’ Harry has most recently been famed for his exploits in Las Vegas, helping cement is image as the ‘fun’ member of the Royal Family.

But just what do you know about the late Princess Diana’s second son?

He’s a Virgo

Harry was born on the 15th of September 1984.

His name isn’t actually Harry

His given name is Henry Charles Albert David. Harry is just a nickname!

He was the first member of the Royal Family to go to the South Pole

In 2013 Prince Harry took part in the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, journeying with injured servicemen and women from across the globe on a successful trek to the South Pole.

He served in Afghanistan

In 2007/8 Harry served 77 days in Helmand but was forced to return home after an Australian magazine published details of his whereabouts.

Prince Harry
By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia - Prince Harry, CC BY-SA 2.0,

However, he again served a 20-week deployment in 2012/13 with the Army Air Corps.

He’s a football fan

In addition to enjoying playing FIFA, he supports the London football team Arsenal.

He’s the 3rd most popular member of the Royal Family

A poll taken in November 2012 showed that Harry was actually the 3rd most popular member of the family – right behind his grandmother, the Queen, and his brother, William.

Prince Harry and Ms Markel
Prince Harry and Ms Markel attend the ‘Amazing The Space’ event. by Northern Ireland Office, CC BY 2.0,

He’s only just now receiving an inheritance

Both William and Harry received no inheritance until their 30th birthdays.

In addition to a £10 million sum, Harry has also inherited jewelry and his mother’s famous wedding dress.

He was raised to be ‘normal’

Princess Diana wanted her children to have the same experiences as everybody else.

This included trips to McDonalds, as well as waiting in line to visit Santa Clause at a department store!

He founded the Invictus Games

An Olympics-style athletic event, the Invictus Games sees more than 400 participants – serving military personnel and veterans – from 13 countries competing in nine different sports.

He’s charitable

Harry set up the Sentebale charity to help AIDS orphans in South Africa. He is also involved with charities such as WellChild and MapAction.

He maintains the Diana – Princess of Wales Memorial fund in memory of his late mother, a charity he set up when he was just 21 years old.

He's married

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, an American actress, on May 19, 2018.

Their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, was a significant event that captivated the world, symbolizing a modern and inclusive era for the British royal family.

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About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: June 1st, 2023
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